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Nobuya SATO, Professor

Cognitive neuroscience, spatial cognition, memory

Input from our eyes or ears is merely light or air vibrations. How do we understand such information and make it meaningful? What we daily see and hear undoubtedly surfaces in our consciousness after numerous processes in our brain. We also unconsciously perform a variety of activities. For example, we can follow the route to our home without paying any particular attention. Have you ever had the following experience? You visited a place on your way back home. But due to carelessness, you finally found yourself in front of your home. Returning home without taking a wrong route is a complicated behavior, but we can accomplish this without any particular conscious effort. I’m conducting research on the neural processes in the brain to understand such conscious and unconscious actions.